JAI JAWAN, JAI KISAN, JAI VIGYAN, JAI ANUSANDHAN
Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi ji, on 3rd January 2019, added “Jai Anusandhan” to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s famous slogan of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s “Jai Vigyan” when he spoke on “Future India: Science and Technology” while giving the inaugural address at the 106th Indian Science Congress at the Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Phagwara near Jalandhar, Punjab. The new slogan for New India becomes “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan” going forward to building an India of our future.
Our Prime Minister said the life and works of Indian scientists are a compelling testament of integration of deep fundamental insights with technology development and nation building. “Today’s new slogan is Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan. I would like to add Jai Anusandhan to it,” he said.
He further said that it was through science that India was transforming its present and working to secure its future. “2018 was a good year for Indian science. Our achievements this year include production of aviation grade biofuel, Divya Nayan – a machine for visually impaired, inexpensive devices for diagnosis of cervical cancer, TB, dengue and a real-time landslide warning system,” he said.
“We need strong pathways to commercialisation that leverage our research and development achievements, through industrial products,” he said.
He also said that the future is about convergence and connected technologies. “We should catalyse, harness and manage change for the nation’s prosperity. Our strengths in R&D are built on the backbone of our national laboratories, central universities, IIT, IISc, TIFR & IISER. However, over 95% of our students go to state universities and colleges,” he said.
Mr. Modi also said that a strong research ecosystem must be developed in these universities and colleges. “I call upon the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council to discuss these issues in detail and formulate an action plan in consultation with the Ministry of Human Resource Development to boost research in our colleges and state universities,” he said.